Yoga in Meditation & Life -Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 12

Parabrahman
Parabrahman, the Highest Abode, the Highest Purifier, Eternal Divine Purusha, the first god to appear

This Bhagavad Gita of eighteen chapters is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Since chapter two, we have been hearing mostly from Lord Krishna, but now Arjuna has something to say that takes up more than a verse or two. This is the first:

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Arjuna is speaking to Lord Krishna:
You are Parabrahman, the Highest Abode, the Highest Purifier, Eternal Divine Purusha, the first god to appear. 

Alternate translation:
Absolute God, the Highest Abode, is the Highest means of purification in existence. Eternal Divine Purusha, ‘the first god to appear’, or manifest, is the driving force of Others to appear (come into being).

You may be wondering how we can get away with so many uses for the word ‘god’, so I will explain. We have said that the ‘gods’ are all of us. We have said that the ‘gods’ are the senses. Now we are hearing that Lord Krishna, who has told us that He is in actuality, Absolute God, is the first ‘god’ to appear. But there is really no contradiction here…..

All of Us and the Senses, Too

We are all divine absolute individuals who have become embodied and no longer remember our true Selves. As Divine Individuals, we have the same characteristics as God: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.

We are all inherently powerful and we each have the same amount of ‘power’ (even though as beings we don’t know this).

We are all-conscious and know everything that is knowable (even though, as beings, we don’t know what we know). 

We are all everywhere; we all make up all things—including bodies with five senses (even though as beings we think that we are our bodies and that we are located somewhere on planet Earth).

Now look back on The Problem with Consciousness, and you will understand how this connectedness among us can be utilized to benefit everyone, including you, and even the planet itself.

God, the Best Purifier

Parabrahman is Absolute God, and being completely perfect, is the obvious best purifier. The best means of purification then, is to join with That through the practice of uniting (yoga).

  • Purification – Getting things where they belong; aligning yourself with the divine one that you really are.

Eternal Divine Purusha and the ‘gods’

Eternal Divine Purusha is the Eternal Divine Individual. Purusha is a Divine Individual in a state of self-awareness knowing Other Divine Individuals. Being the first in this, this individual causes a ripple effect, setting off this same state in the Others. So he is called the ‘instigator, leader, mover or driver’. Thus we turn to this Purusha as Personal God.

All Divine Individuals are Absolute and the same. All can know and be known by Others. Being Absolute, all Divine Individuals are ‘gods’. This is You, the Real You. This is what you really are. This is what everyone really is.

Embodiment

Having become embodied, we have forgotten ourSelves. In this state we don’t always use our inherent power wisely. We make choices that are not harmonious with our True Selves. This causes unfavorable ripples in the fabric of our existence, and takes us farther away from our real Selves.

Personal God and You

The first Purusha is our “Personal God”, whereas “Truth” is God in a more impersonal sense. We may feel that we cannot experience something as abstract as Truth, but we can petition a Personal God and find comfort.

Personal God can be the catalyst for the experience of Absolute Truth. This is called asamprajnata (without a knowable), or nirbija (without seed) samadhi (equanimity). This is the experience of Absolute God that is Divine Bliss beyond description.

Eternal Divine Purusha, the first god to appear

Your True Self is Absolute, already completely pure and perfect, an Eternal Divine Purusha and knower of Others. This is true of all of us. Having manifested, we will ultimately become consciously aware of this, and when we return Home, we will take this awareness with us.

Here I would remind you of the earlier verses in this chapter on the Big Picture and the magnitude of this journey Home. It is not a small venture accomplished in a lifetime. However, it is the purpose of Life, which is effectively satisfied through the correct practice of meditation. By this practice, we can ultimately return Home with consciousness of our divine situation, and live in Eternal Happiness, our natural state.

Purification

Purification is the process of getting things in sync with our own innate divinity. This practice has two parts: (1) the daily practice of yoga meditation, and (2) the rest of our lives—what we do when we are not meditating.

The first of these two is resisted by most people. They try to do everything in Life, but it is the daily practice of yoga (uniting) that makes it possible to know how to go about Life in such a way as to correspond with the Divine Real You. To do this, you need to experience it for yourself. This is possible through meditation.

Meditation is the foundation of spiritual development. 

Meditation

The way to Fulfillment then, is the full and unconditional surrender of yourself to Absolute God in meditation. This surrender, called ‘sacrifice’ in the Gita, is the acceptance of all Divine Individuals as the same as You.

Meditation, the spiritual practice for reaching a meditative state, is vital to this. Not only is it the means of reaching equanimity (samadhi), it is your lab for personal experience of God/Truth. With experience, you have some idea of what it is that you are trying to match in Life. Without this foundation you will flounder. You will hit the mark sometimes, but most of the time you will not. So it pays to do both.

The Two Parts of Practice

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When you resonate, the worlds resonates with you.Being true to your Self can change the world.

 

The whole world is one family.

The Problem with Consciousness

Each of us is a two-part package
Being true to your Real Self can change the world.

The Problem with Consciousness

Being true to your Real Self can change the world, but there is a problem with consciousness that we must address for your Real Self to effectively emerge.

Awareness of the plight of others less fortunate than ourselves requires a willingness to be conscious of it. Because we do not like having to experience discomfort and pain, we deal with this dark side by white-washing it with social beliefs, religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc., and end in denial: “Everything is perfect just as it is.”  That’s the problem with consciousness.Making Life Better for Everyone is Easy

Try telling this to the suffering, hungry, tortured, destitute 95% of our world family and see where it gets you. If you don’t relieve their dilemma by at least feeding them, you will not be considered as enlightened as you may believe yourself to be. You will be found out as insensitive and self-interested.

Most of us simply do not want to know. We circumvent expanding our consciousness in order to avoid knowing, whether we are aware of doing this or not. We hide behind denial, and the suffering continues.

Consciousness is a Responsibility

Mind and Consciousness

With consciousness comes responsibility. Everyone is already up to their ears in responsibilities, so denial is understandable. However, it is precisely because we do not sincerely engage in our spiritual development and do the work it requires, we have no way to experience for ourselves the many blessings this would bring—to ourselves and to others. In this way, we forfeit our contribution to those in need of healing, understanding, food on the table, a roof over their head and bed to sleep on…..and a way to make progress for themselves.

If we take the road of feeding people, or offering medical assistance for instance, this is very helpful, and it may even get us in the door. But if we can’t offer these things on a regular basis, they will fall back into misery. We will have gained little more than the right to pat ourselves on the back.

The Amazing Effect of Expanded Consciousness

Most of us do not want to know that what we do or don’t do, especially in the way of our own improvement, has an effect on everyone else. We don’t want the responsibility. And we don’t want the distress that will come with it—we don’t want to know what most people have to endure on a daily basis. We just want what we want for ourselves.

The more conscious we are, the more conscious we will be of the distress of others. While we would also experience their good fortunes, there is little of this compared to the distress, and a part of us knows this. It is not a pretty picture. So we tell ourselves that we really do care, but there is nothing we can do.

But there is.

The Effect of Expanded Consciousness is Always Positive

We can pursue our own personal and spiritual development. But do we really want this? Do we really want all the changes inherent in progress? Or do we prefer to maintain the status quo, play it ‘safe’, and continue to selfishly seek happiness by trying to get our desires fulfilled over and over again? More than the desired object itself, we enjoy the sense of accomplishment and control we experience when we succeed. But it is this deadly duo that keeps us imprisoned in the very darkness we were attempting to escape. 

What is to be done?

The Solution

There is a simple answer to this problem of consciousness that may surprise you: 

∞⇒  We turn ourselves into sensitive and brave human beings who are willing to risk exposure to the suffering of others that will come with expanded consciousness.

∞⇒  We do this by taking up the project of aligning ourselves with the Divine Ones that we really are, and make some real progress.

∞⇒ We offer practical help however and whenever we can.

Do you not see the validity of this approach? If you study any scripture with a receptive mind and a genuine interest in Truth, you will find it there.
Each of us is a two-part package

Each of us is a two-part package. We are (1) Divine Individuals (2) embodied as human beings. At our core is number one, and in this we are all the same, regardless of appearances.

This sameness unites us all as a family of individuals we already know. We already know everyone because, as Divine Individuals, we are all the same, and it only takes one to know one. But before we can become aware of our knowledge of Others, we must know our Selves.  

If you still don’t understand this, or if you don’t believe it, consider this: Taking this approach may seem like a risk, but there is a huge payoff for you. And it will work, whether you know about it, believe it, or agree with it, or not. The payoff for you is more happiness here and now, and a more fulfilling Life.

You will have come across various ‘causes’ that contend that, “If everyone would just do such-and-such there would be world peace, or a cleaner planet, or no more wars, etc.” But what I am proposing does not require that everyone get on board. It is not necessary because the progress of one person will affect many. These ‘many’ will then come closer to making the same choice to expand their spiritual development and consciousness. And then one day, one does, and many are affected by that one. And so on it goes.

Truth is not dependent on our beliefEven if you just act as if this were true, it will still work. Whether you believe it or not is not important, for Truth is not dependent on belief. It is a win-win proposition that is pleasant and demands very little of you, pays you back in spades, and resolves the problem with consciousness…and makes the world a better place, and everyone in it a little happier.

Just as you cannot live in the same house with other people and not be affected by them, no one can live in this world without affecting everyone. So I propose that we use this to our advantage — ours and everyone else’s. 

As per the previous post (Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 8-11), the most effective and enjoyable way to take up this venture is to do it with others. For this reason, I have designed Self Emergence Mandalas and Experiential Meditation Encounters.

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Coming Together in Devotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 8-11

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me. Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“To those who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me. For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed with the illuminating light of this knowledge.”

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 8-11

Here we find the first obvious message stressing the importance of individuals coming together in order to reach God. This is critical for enriching the devotional side of YogaWithout it, it can be harsh and filled with difficulties. This can be mitigated by community and gatherings “accompanied by kindness and affection.” What a wonderful way to live! (See SKY Haven)

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.

Alternate translation:
I am all that is, for all that is comes forth from Me. With this understanding, one can meditate correctly. Thus does one truly worship Me.

If we understand what we have been taught, we have the ability to meditate. Correctly practiced, meditation is worship of God. To meditate correctly one needs the knowledge and understanding by which one’s meditation is “yoga practiced without alteration of the rule and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty,” as mentioned in verse seven.  

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Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“Their consciousness fixed on Me”
The Sanskrit for attention is chitta. Chitta is consciousness—not consciousness of something, but pure consciousness itself, the subtlest form of divine energy.

“Their Life Energy flowing to Me”
When chitta flows to something, someone or some place, it is called attention, and where the attention goes, the Life Energy in the body, called prana, also goes.

The stuff of which the mind is made, is chitta, consciousness. 
Attention is a flow of consciousness from the mind to anything that is other than self.

Mind > AttentionWhere the attention goes, the energy flows.

With the attention going to Lord Krishna, one’s Life Energy goes to, and can unite with, Lord Krishna, Highest and First Purusha, Personal God. 

In “Finding the Magician Within” we were alerted to the extreme importance of Attention as being the key to achieving just about anything. This was presented in the context of reaching God/Truth, but it applies to anything. We even brought up Life Mastery in that article, and the necessity of constant Attention on the goal in order to attain it. Lord Krishna is bringing us back to this in this verse when He says that with consciousness (attention) fixed on Him, our Life Energy also flows to Him. This was earlier referred to as ‘worship’, or ‘meditation’, as the means of attaining union (yoga) with God.

You get what you worship

Dance and ChantThe next piece of the verse suggests that the most satisfying and pleasant way for accomplishing this is to be together with others with whom you can share Truth. This is called satsanga (‘Truth-sharing’).
Satsanga - ChantingSatsanga often includes any or all of the following: darshan (meeting the guru), kritana (music, dancing and singing to and about God/Truth), sharing experiences, and receiving teachings. In this way we “enlighten each other.” We awaken each other to God/Truth, and our attachments to previously limited expectations and ideas are forgotten. Enjoying this process, we find that our attention effortlessly remains on God/Truth throughout.

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To these worshippers, who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me.
For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed, with the shining lamp of this knowledge.

Always means always. Continuously coming together according to the previous verse. If we understand the universality of God’s presence within everyone and everything, we will naturally be kind and treat each other with affection. This being the case, one is enlightened as to the Truth of Yoga as the means of union with God/Truth. This union destroys the darkness of ignorance, and proves the Yoga we have been taught.

This enlightenment is possible because of God’s already existent presence within all of us. God is saying that, because we understand this, practice Yoga and treat each other well, we need make no further effort, for God will turn the lights on for us.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Vibhuti Yoga: Guru – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 7-8 continued

“One who, through yoga practiced correctly as one’s first duty, knows this yoga power as My very own and is not yoked by irresolution and doubt. I am the source of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.” — Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 7-8

Vibhuti Yoga: Power Yoga

Yoga (union) occurs when meditation has been matured through practice. When it does, you will most likely fight it because of its power, for this power is an awesome thing.

It is useless to try to practice yoga to get special powers or to have elaborate experiences if you can’t tolerate the power. Yet, thousands go to popular gurus for reasons like this, with the expectation that all should be given to them in one blow without having to do any of the work—without practicing real yoga, real meditation, and acquiring real, correct knowledge.

You may not want to seek a guru because society has taught you that to associate with gurus is to associate with cults, even though most cults stem from organized religions and insanity. This is one reason I talk about yoga as an adventure. Another reason is because it is an adventure.

All adventures have some degree of real or imagined risk. Taking a guru may be a foray into the unknown, but it is a risk you must take if you’re going to continue to grow spiritually. A guru knows the way from personal experience in meditation, the teachings of their guru lineage, and correct knowledge as found in scriptures. Without this, you can only go so far.

Guru

Many Sanskrit terms have been tweaked in order to get them into English and have lost or diluted their real meanings. The word guru is one of them.

  • Guru – a teacher who can take you from darkness (gu) to light (ru). 

A guru is a teacher, a teacher with a lineage of successful masters. A guru can not only teach you, but can correctly guide you. I don’t mean to say that because someone is a guru that he or she is perfect. Gurus are human, so they are not immune to error. Expecting perfection is foolish. As with any marriage, one takes the bad with the good. 

Sometimes, seekers will confuse being a student with being a disciple. For the most part, anyone can become a student of a guru. Discipleship, on the other hand, is a different matter.

To become a disciple one usually has to ask the guru if he or she will accept them. The guru will either accept you as a disciple or not, and may also require something of you before agreeing to make this commitment (you are not the only one taking a risk!). The guru will want to know that you are serious and are also willing to make this commitment yourselfit’s a two-way street. You cannot be taught, and you certainly cannot be guided, if you are not serious and not willing to follow the guidance of this guru. 

No real guru is going to try to control you or get you into trouble. 

How do you know if a guru is the real deal or not? You may not be able to be certain about this, so any time spent before accepting you as a disciple is a good thing for you, too. If you are not already personally acquainted with this person and his or her lineage and teachings, this time gives you the opportunity to do so.

If your guru accepts you as a disciple, you must act as if this person were God incarnate—whether you like something about your guru or not, whether you like what you hear or not, whether you want to do what is required of you or not. You will inevitably run into these kinds of situations because you are being guided in such a way as to reach something that is beyond your previous experience. so it is going to be unfamiliar. This is what makes it an adventure. 

You would not be interested in being a disciple unless you believed that this guru could get you where you want to go, to something that you don’t already know, to some place you have never been. It is a journey into the unknown, so of course these things will come up. You will best serve yourself by ignoring your mind’s objections and just going forward anyway. You can’t have a good adventure without risking the unknown.

Can you get hurt? Of course you can. You can get hurt by anyone. Haven’t you ever been in love and gotten hurt before? You were willing to take a chance on that relationship, so why would you resist a guru-disciple relationship that has the potential to take you to real love and eternal happiness? 

I am a long-term renegade, but I thought it would be worth the risk, and it has. I have been payed so many times over I couldn’t begin to tell you. So why wouldn’t you seek out your guru

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Vibhuti: Power Yoga – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 7-8

“One who, through yoga practiced correctly as one’s first duty, knows this yoga power as My very own and is not yoked by irresolution and doubt. I am the source of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 7-8

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One who, through yoga practiced correctly as one’s first duty, knows this yoga power as My very own and is not yoked by irresolution and doubt.

Expanded translation:
One who knows through experience that this power yoga is Mine, that I am That from which it comes, and through the power of yoga practiced “without alteration of the rule, and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty,” is not held back by irresolution or doubt. 

  • Power – vibhūti – mighty, powerful, penetrating, pervading; the eight superhuman powers 

The power that is yoga comes to be known through one’s own personal experience in meditation. The power to which Lord Krishna refers is stated in the following verse and in the previous verse where He declares Himself to be the origin and root cause of all that is. He calls it ‘power yoga‘ to tell us that this power is Yoga, and that it is yoga that is the experience that validates His claim.

This powerful yoga, practiced according to injunction and placed at the top of one’s priority list, is what makes experiential proof possible. 

⇒  With Yoga practiced correctly—“without alteration of the rule and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty”—one is not held back by irresolution and doubt.

⇒  When Yoga is not practiced correctly, one becomes conflicted, struggles with doubts, and has difficulty being resolved and persistent (i.e., the secret of yoga). This will most likely lead to abandoning this Yoga, due to not reaching advanced stages.   

Yoga is Action

Knowledge is necessary, but without putting it into action it is wasted. For this reason, the Bhagavad Gita begins with knowledge and very quickly moves to actively applying it.

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I am the source of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.

“Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me”
The wise are those who do practice this power-yoga correctly. To do this, one must have the ability to meditate.

Yoga is not postures and stretching, or even breathing exercises. Meditation is not relaxing the mind, visualizing, or trying not to think. Worship is not singing hymns and praying. Yoga correctly practiced, is meditation, and meditation is worship.  

One of the biggest secrets of all:
One who does not have the ability to meditate can easily cultivate it.  

Popular vs Authentic Meditation

Consider the many people who attempt to meditate without having any real knowledge about meditation. They try to relax their minds or stop it from thinking thoughts and moving around, but this causes the mind to move! A relaxed mind is considered meditation. A relaxed mind is a very good thing, but it is not meditation. The difference between popular meditation and authentic meditation is like the difference between identifying a few letters of the alphabet and reading a tome.  

Anyone can meditate, but it is a skill. Real meditation is learned not only by the mind but by the body through repeated practice (action). Meditation cannot truly be learned any other way. If you think this is not so, you do not know what meditation really is. And herein lies the ‘secret‘:  God is saying to you, “I am the source of all that exists. Everything is set into motion “from Me.”

When you are meditating correctly, you are not doing anything.

We want to hear all about the Self, but most do not want to hear about God. But God is all that is, including you. What came from God can only be God, and you cannot meditate on, or surrender to, yourself. We must come to understand this to meditate as Lord Krishna has taught us. 

If you are drawn to worship God you must meditate.
If you meditate you will be drawn into God. 

Through meditation we worship God, adore God, praise God, surrender to God. If we meditate correctly, we will gain in experience and God/Truth will reveal Itself.

You get what you worship.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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P.S. I want to clarify that this private practice of surrender meditation is technically not ‘meditation’ at all, but it is the best means of accomplishing the meditative state that is true, authentic meditation. And it comes naturally and easily,

Swami Vivekananda: His new monastic Order

Thank you very much for this wonderful article, I am re-blogging it.

Swami Vedatitananda

Swami Nirvanananda Memorial Lecture

at

Ramakrishna Math, Bhubaneswar

on 25th July 2015

 Om sthapakaya cha dharmasya sarva dharma svarupine

Avatara varishtaya Ramakrishnaya te namaha.

Revered Secretary Maharaj, dear Mihir Maharaj and dear devotees and friends, generally, in our Order, we do not speak after our Revered Secretary Maharaj has spoken. Today I am making an exception because Revered Maharaj has himself asked me to speak after him.

I have come from Ramakrishna Mission Shilpamandira, Belur Math. It is a Polytechnic College where we give training to Diploma students. Belur Math, as you all know, is the headquarters of the worldwide Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, two organizations started by Swami Vivekananda.

Today’s topic for deliberation is ‘Swami Vivekananda: His new monastic Order’. The topic has the words ‘New monastic Order’. This suggests that there are at least two types of monastic orders – the old one and the…

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